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Google and MIT Enable Task Transfer Among Devices 86

An anonymous reader writes "A new software app by Google, developed in cooperation with MIT, enables one-step task transfers between Android Smartphones and PCs. If you are like me, you transfer tasks from smartphone to the desktop the hard way at least once a day, so let's get together and crowd-poll Google to commercialize this app so it's as easy as taking a picture with our smartphone!"
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Google and MIT Enable Task Transfer Among Devices

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  • Interesting (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Amorymeltzer ( 1213818 ) on Friday June 24, 2011 @11:03PM (#36564102)

    Still, for about 70% of uses I think Dropbox would work more elegantly.

  • Commercialise?!? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by grcumb ( 781340 ) on Friday June 24, 2011 @11:16PM (#36564194) Homepage Journal

    ...lets get together and crowd-poll Google to commercialize this app so its as easy as taking a picture with our smartphone!

    Commercialise? Commercialise?!?

    How about we get together and crowd-poll Google to release it under a FOSS license so we can take it and make it do whatever the fuck we want it to, and then share it with a couple million of our closest friends?

    I'd ask the anonymous submitter to hand in their geek card, but I can't bring myself to believe they ever actually had one....

  • Re:Only just??? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by bill_mcgonigle ( 4333 ) * on Friday June 24, 2011 @11:25PM (#36564252) Homepage Journal

    For those who can't be bothered to RTFA

    Darn, I'd hoped from the title that there was live migration of running applications between phone and PC so getting back to the office was as easy as switching the current app over to the non-portable's VM. Oh, wait, this is still 2011, we don't have the displays for that mobile work yet. Nevermind folks, nothing to see here.

  • Tasks (Score:5, Insightful)

    by TheMeuge ( 645043 ) on Friday June 24, 2011 @11:37PM (#36564346)

    How about Google release a functional Tasks app for the Android which tens of millions will use, as opposed to this long-unneeded functionality.

    Seriously... no dedicated Tasks app that works offline on Android? What in the world are they thinking?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday June 24, 2011 @11:39PM (#36564362)

    They're saying it will probably only work for web pages, not native apps (unsurprising, since you can't run the native apps on your phone anyway, whatever file you have open may not be synced to your phone, etc.), but that's ok, because mumble mumble cloud mumble.

    But it already exists for web pages, it's called a qrcode bookmarklet for your browser, and any qrcode scanner for your phone (which, unlike this Google-only gimmick, exist for platforms other than Android). And just like this, it's extensible to any other app as long as you can settle on a URI scheme for that app and get the devs to add a qrcode button.

    Unlike this, it won't be fooled by misleading screenshots. (If this takes off, I'll screenshot a browser open to goatse, photoshop a hot pornstar in place of hello.jpg, and set that as my screensaver.)

    FYI the qrcode bookmarklet I use is:

  • Serialization (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Spikeles ( 972972 ) on Saturday June 25, 2011 @12:19AM (#36564608)

    "The app works by taking a photo of your computer's screen, and, using pattern recognition algorithms, it ascertains what program you are currently running and the document you have open."

    That sounds like a post from TheDailyWTF.. print it out on a sheet, then take a photograph then paste it into a word doc. Why don't they actually do something innovative, like creating a cross platform VM that uses shared memory across multiple devices, so that apps and memory can move seamlessly across them?. Or maybe just implement some kind of serialization into apps. But nooooo.. They had to go and use SCREEN SHOTS and OCR.

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